Offset Says Being Forced to Work Without Pay During Government Shutdown is 'Some Slave S**t'

Much like his estranged wife Cardi B, Offset is also displeased by the long-running government shutdown and he's even more disapproving of government employees being forced back to work without pay. The rapper, who makes up one-third of the platinum-selling rap group Migos, shared his thoughts on the government shutdown during an interview with Esquire magazine, released on Tuesday.

"We're going through a f**ked up time," 27-year-old Offset said. "Both sides. Black and the white. You know why? The government shutdown. Black people aren't working. White folks aren't working. It's everybody."

He went on to say devastation of this nature, including the thousands of people who won't have access to payment due to the shutdown, shouldn't be "going down" in America. "We got our chest out, we got the money, we got the cars, we got the celebrities, we got the stars, everybody wants to be like us. All these other countries when I go there, they're inspired by us."

Although Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, rarely voices his political views, the rapper said he couldn't help but to take a stand against the shutdown—which entered it's 33rd day as of Wednesday—and the harm it's causing to countless families that haven't been able to receive payment for their work or access to government-provided assistance. "Seeing people talk about how they can't pay their bills but they have to work—that's some slave s**t," he said.

"I don't really get into politics because I'm usually on the other side of it. There's black mothers with jobs, and now you take their jobs away," he said before noting how President Donald Trump won't feel the distressing effects of the shutdown because he is already wealthy.

"And then the president, I don't really want to speak on him but he's rich," Offset said. "Make a n***a respect you, because a n***a don't respect you. He's rich and has these folks struggling."

The shutdown was launched by the president following Democrats refusal to sign off on his request for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the southern border, which Trump claims will help keep migrants from illegally entering the U.S. The wall was at the epicenter of his campaign promises during the 2016 election, although while campaigning Trump suggested that Mexico would be the one paying for the wall.

Cardi B, who shares daughter Kulture Kiari with Offset, fired off on the president on social media regarding the shutdown last week. "Trump is now ordering, as in summoning, federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid," she said to her fans in an Instagram video posted on January 16.

"This s**t is really f**king serious bro. This s**t is crazy. Our country is in a hell hole right now, all for a f**king wall. And we really need to take this serious," she continued.

The Trump administration said thousands of federal employees would be summoned back to work during the shutdown, according to New York Times. Those employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, Internal Revenue Service and the Interior Department were some of the first to be expected to return to work without pay.

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